Klaus Yohannes is an athlete, fighter, poet and founder of the Black Vikings, a group dedicated to the embrace of struggle and the mastery of suffering. He is on a mission to complete “The seven sagas”, physical challenges intended to test the mind and soul. On Maundy Thursday this year, he attempted the “Crucification Saga”, which involved carrying a 60kg wooden railway sleeper across his back, barefoot and bare-chested, for 7. 2 miles through central London. The challenge almost ended his life. He expected this march to take 5 hours but it instead lasted 9 hours and 46 minutes, as his arms went numb and he repeatedly fell headfirst onto the pavement. People from all walks of life came to his aid throughout the journey. Two days later he was diagnosed with a life-threatening spinal cord injury and received emergency surgery. He is now convalescing in order to continue his sagas with the Black Vikings.